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Religious Freedom

'God Bless The Military' Sign Sparks Religious Freedom Fight On Marine Base

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion

A large sign was erected on a Hawaii military base in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with the message, "God bless the military, their fami...

Kim Davis, Pope Francis and Our Divided Nation

Brandan Robertson | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

As long as we continue to play into the system of the world, we live as enemies of the Kingdom of God. That is precisely what those who organized this meeting between Kim Davis and Pope Francis have done. It's also what so many progressives have done.

Why Did Pope Francis Meet With County Clerk Kim Davis?

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

In meeting with a lightning-rod figure who has been embraced by two of the most conservative Republican candidates for president, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee, the Pope of Inclusiveness has alienated many who were just starting to feel more included in the Church.

Justice Dept. Sues Illinois City For Blocking An Islamic Center

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department on Wednesday sued the City of Des Plaines, Illinois, alleging that officials imposed parking and zoning regulatio...

Two Problems With Pro-Life Politics

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

It injures our politics for one large group of Americans to regard another large group of Americans as bad people. But more than that unfortunate cost, this moral judgment is demonstrably false.

All Faiths Are American

Suhail A. Khan | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Suhail A. Khan

The Constitution's ban on religious tests prompted the nation's first debate in 1788 about whether a Catholic, Jew, Muslim or Atheist might one day become president of the United States.

Your Human Rights Don't Infringe On My Religious Freedom

Mica McGriggs | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Mica McGriggs

There is a stink in the air and it's the putrid smell of Christian elitism framed as "religious freedom." The Christian right in America has been successfully bullying non-religious and religious minorities for centuries.

Meeting Pope Francis Was One of the Greatest Days of My Life

Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D. | Posted 09.28.2016 | Religion
Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D.

Pope Francis embodies the tenderness of God's mercy. From comforting families who lost loved ones on September 11 in New York City to proclaiming hope to the prisoners in Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia, Pope Francis has embodied God's tender mercy.

John McCain Fought For Native Religious Freedom, Then He Sold Sacred Oak Flat

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been the subject of intense criticism from Native activists and their supporters over the past year for his role in orc...

Pope's Message On Religious Freedom At Independence Mall (Full Transcript)

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.26.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis addressed a group of immigrants and Hispanic Americans at Philadelphia's Independence Mall on Saturday, delivering a powerful message on ...

What Accidentally Discovering I Was Adopted Taught Me About Religious Freedom

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 09.25.2016 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

In the summer of 1998, only a month after I turned 20, I accidentally discovered that I was adopted. The experience threw me into an identity crisis. It also had the curious effect of teaching me about religious freedom.

Let's Not Bring The Pope Into The Next Hobby Lobby Controversy

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics

Pope Francis made an unscheduled visit Wednesday to the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of nuns who are petitioning the Supreme Court to take a ca...

A Life in America Without Religious Freedom

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 09.24.2016 | Religion
DaShanne Stokes

They say that America is the land of the free. It's a principle upon which our nation was built, enshrined in the First Amendment and the national anthem taught in schools. But as I hiked into the woods to find a place to hide my sacred eagle feathers out of fear of being arrested, I wondered how free we really are.

Fighting Social Change, and Hiding Behind Religion

Ray Brescia | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics
Ray Brescia

In 1810, Congress passed a federal law requiring postal clerks to circulate mail on the day it arrived, making no exception for Sundays. Once Congress entered into what some considered an entirely religious matter, church leaders from across the country sought to repeal the law. Sound familiar?

From Abused and Homeless to Ph.D.

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 09.22.2016 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

"Oh, my God. Are you serious?" That's a reaction I often get when people hear how I accidentally discovered, at the age of twenty, that I was adopted.

Who is God's Candidate?

Herb Silverman | Posted 09.23.2016 | Religion
Herb Silverman

The issue for me is not so much the faith of the candidates, but whether they would try to impose their faith on others through public policy.

Fighting Discrimination, Discovering Who We're Fighting For

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 09.23.2016 | Religion
DaShanne Stokes

The day to day things can take many forms. It can be something simple like chopping wood and providing security, but it can also mean many other things, like helping our elders, volunteering in our communities, being mentors and so much more.

Open Letter to Dr. Ben Carson on His Disregard for the U.S. Constitution

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.22.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As a highly educated person, as a candidate for the presidency, and as someone who has co-authored, along with your wife Candy, a book titled A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties, you should have a more enlightened understanding of our nation's foundational document.

After Kim Davis, A New Way Forward for Religious Freedom?

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 09.21.2016 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

No matter what your particular religious or political views, I suspect everyone who watched the spectacle surrounding Ms. Davis' release from jail last week experienced some kind of strong emotion, whether it was empathy or outrage.

Tennessee Bill Aims to Nullify Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

Chris Sanders | Posted 09.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Chris Sanders

Because the bill is harmful and because the Legislature could very well pass it, we're taking it seriously. The week of September 21, we have scheduled POWER Team training sessions in Nashville, Murfreesboro, Memphis and Knoxville with more to follow soon in Johnson City and Clarksville.

Religious Liberty and Spider Monkeys

Byron Williams | Posted 09.16.2016 | Religion
Byron Williams

What else could explain public support for Kim Davis, the elected clerk of Rowan County in northeastern Kentucky, who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on her religious beliefs?

There's a Woman in the United States Whose Religious Freedom Is Under Attack, But Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz are Silent

Brian Joyce | Posted 09.16.2016 | Politics
Brian Joyce

It would be nice to see some real defenders of religious freedom on the Christian right. It would be nice to see the Christian right acknowledge, once and for all, that religious liberty applies to all Americans, not just Christian conservatives in the heartland like Kim Davis.

The Rise of Exceptionalism

Robert F. Walsh | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
Robert F. Walsh

"The rules apply to everybody, except when they don't." A cursory look at some headlines from last week reveals this to be the new American mantra, a burgeoning sense of individual "exceptionalism" that pulls at the very fabric of fair play.

Bigotry and Repression in 'Religious' Guise

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.15.2016 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Kim Davis certainly does not walk in the footsteps of progressive leaders who took a stand to improve circumstances for oppressed people. Rather, she follows the muddled path of such people as Alabama Governor George Wallace.

Fox News Explains the Dangers of Christianity in Public Schools

Dale Hansen | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Liberals have spent a lot of time over the past few decades trying to explain to Conservative Christians the importance of the separation of church and state. Unfortunately, either from obstinance or ignorance, many Christians believe that not only should this constitutionally mandated separation not exist but that it is an attack on Christianity.